Friday, September 11, 2009



It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the
World Trade Center.
It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.
Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, LA to cast the ship's bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept 9, 2003, 'those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence,' recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. 'It was a spiritual moment for everybody there.'
Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the 'hair on my neck stood up.' 'It had a big meaning to it for all of us,' he said 'They knocked us down. They can't keep us down.We're going to be back.'
The ship's motto? 'Never Forget'
She will be arriving in NY harbor on Nov 1, 2009 and commissioned to the US Navy Nov. 7.
If you are planning a trip to NY, you will be able to tour the ship during that week.
the USS New York will be commissioned in New York on November 7, 2009.


Blasé said...

I think about them often.

Gotta Have Faith said...

I will never forget! I have already sent out a prayer for all of our lost servicemen and all of the courageous men and women who keep our country safe within our borders and overseas!

I will have to watch for the commissioning ceremony for the USS New York!

Great Post!

Edie said...

Hats off to whoever came up with the idea to use that metal for this ship. Love it!

I wouldn't mind spending my b-day watching the ship being commissioned and touring it.

My ADHD Me said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. I know exactly what Junior Chavers meant when he said it made the hair on his neck stand up, because just reading about it gave me goosebumps.

I cannot image the honor it would be to serve our country aboard that ship.

Thank you again for serving our country for so much of your life. There should be an extra special place in heaven for people like you.

My ADHD Me said...

I just checked out that website. Very interesting. I think I am going to order a t-shirt.

Kelly Combs said...

Thanks for sharing this. That is really impressive what they are doing.

Amber said...

That is just too cool. What a great idea and fitting way to remember ...

Heart2Heart said...


I had read about this for quite some time. It is interesting to read and know that she will at last be sea ready and undoubtedly will be one of our greatest ships!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat